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Draw Your Coffee Mug Part Three

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More Highlights & Shadows

  • Pinch the kneaded eraser into a wedge or point shape and drag it across the hatching to erase the highlights.
  • The highlights don't have to be perfect, but it helps to create a realistic effect if you get them in the right places.
  • If you erase a highlight in the wrong spot, just fill it back in with the pencil.
  • Add the darkest details with the point of the pencil.
    • If you're not using the "writing" grip, switch to it now so you'll have more control.
  • Look for the darkest shadows on the handle, the lip, and along the sides and bottom.
  • Add a cast shadow to make the mug look as if it's sitting on something. It doesn't have to be perfect, just in the same general shape and place as the real shadow.

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Final Details

  • Add decorations now. Here are some things to look for:
  • Any horizontal stripes will curve up at both edges.
  • Designs will be distorted as they near the mug's edges.
  • All designs will blend into the shading.
  • To help place designs in the right place, look at how close they are to the edges, top, and bottom of the mug.

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